The First module of the Mediterranean Summer School in Forensic Sciences is a 2 week academic summer programme giving students the opportunity to participate in seminars and tutorials to learn more about criminal investigations. The module, will focus on the crime scene to introduce participants to forensic genetics. Lectures and speakers have been carefully selected in order to provide a perceptive overview, as well as, an in depth knowledge on different aspects of the trials where genetics has been used to solve crimes. The Directors of RIS-Carabineri and of the Scientific Police Service are invited speakers to offer participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the challenging complexities of crime scene investigation.
The Weight of Evidence: Bioethics & DNA , Biostatistics & DNA profiles is a 2 week academic summer programme plus the first 3 days of the following week to offer discussion on the mainly advanced topics on the Social, Ethical and Legal aspects of current and emerging uses of forensic genetics, as soon as, statistical analysis for mixture interpretation and haploid markers.
A practical workshop entitled “Application of open-source software LRmix Studio to analyse complex DNA profiles” will be also provide the opportunity for participants to analyse their own challenging case examples. Participants must bring a portable PC for the computer exercises. Some information will be sent prior to the workshop itself. The aim is to provide participants with sufficient information and training so they are able to run the software in their own laboratory. This practical workshop will be held by Prof. Peter Gill (Principal research Scientist of the Forensic Science Service, since 27 years, Birmingham (UK) and professor of Forensic genetics at Oslo University) together with Dr. Hinda Handed from the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI), Ministry of Justice.
Dr. Haned’s research focuses on developing statistical models to facilitate the interpretation of biological data analyzed by forensic laboratories, with a particular focus on forensic DNA samples. She developed the Forensim R package and the LRmix tool dedicated to the interpretation of complex DNA mixtures.
Low Template DNA Challenges & Complex Mixture interpretations is a 2 week academic summer programme plus the first 3 days of the following week to offer discussion on the mainly advanced topics to help participants become aware of how genetics has changed over the years and the effects that this has had on forensic investigation.
Specific topics will highlight also at how future advances in forensic genetics might affect future criminals investigations will be held by Peter M. Schneider, Professor in Forensic Molecular Genetics, Institute of Legal Medicine at University of Cologne (Germany); Coordinator of the EUROFORGEN-NoE Consortium, and Chairman of the German Stain Commission.
The development of ancestry-informative markers (SNPs) and on insertion-deletion (InDel) markers and the forensic DNA phenotyping and DNA prediction for investigative purpose will be also held by Dr. Christofer Phillips, full-time researcher in the Forensic Genetics Unit, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and by Manfred Kayser, Professor of Forensic Molecular Biology at the Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam (Netherland).Y Chromosome genetics and its forensic applications, will be held by Lutz Roewer, Professor for Forensic Genetic at the Institute of Legal Medicine, Humboldt-University Berlin (Germany). He is currently curator of the Y Chromosome Haplotype Reference Database (YHRD) and member of the SWGDAM Y-STR committee. In addition, a Practical Course Laboratory will give the opportunity for participants to manipulate evidence from closed case works. During the first week academic summer programme lectures and news from the Company sponsors.
Miscellaneous Topics is a 1 week (Monday to Friday) academic summer programme to introduce participants on Forensic Chemistry, Document Examination and Crime Scene Documentation through the lectures of the Director of the Chemistry Police Laboratory of Palermo. Wildlife forensic (illegal trade and animal abuse) will be presented by Richard Jäger, Professor of Biology and Forensic Biology at the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences – Bonn, (Germany).
Ancient DNA & Old skeletal remains is a 1 week (Monday to Friday) academic summer programme to introduce participants on forensic anthropology with practical course Laboratory.
The aim of the course is also to explain how the difficulties with authenticating ancient DNA have made genetic studies problematic.